Tag Archives: backwaters

Waterstock Backwaters and Scrapes

Floodplain enhancements for fish and fowl

With all the wet, cold weather and flooding at the moment we thought it would be good to look back to some projects delivered last summer for a bit of light relief.

Last summer was a busy time for delivery at with projects delivered at a number of sites including Eythrope and Waterstock Local Wildlife Site (LWS). Waterstock in particular is a special area of the River Thame catchment and was designated a Local Wildlife Site in 2019 ; more recently it was designated an Important Freshwater Area (IFA)  as a consequence of the habitats and wildlife found there.

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Creating the Eythrope Wetlands

We have been busy this summer undertaking Phase 2 of a large floodplain restoration project that has transformed an area of low diversity floodplain meadow into a large wetland complex. The area was designed specifically to  enhance biodiversity and it incorporates a new backwater to increase resilience in the local fish population. This was a partnership project, undertaken with Freshwater Habitats Trust and Waddesdon Estate. Thanks also to the local  Environment Agency (EA) officers and EA Biodiversity team in particular for their support throughout the project. 

You can watch a summary video of the project here

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